Local student reaches high levels through piano studies

Callie Werk, 13, is a piano student of Jean Bostrom of Zimmerman. She attends Minnesota Center, the year-round program located in the Isanti Middle school where she enjoys participating in the 7th grade choir and band, as well as speech, softball, tennis and One Act Play.

Callie Werk (right) is a piano student of Jean Bostrom, and is a student at the Minnesota Center.
Callie Werk (right) is a piano student of Jean Bostrom, and is a student at the Minnesota Center.

Werk has received special honors for her accomplishments in the annual Minnesota Music Teacher’s Association annual piano contest every year for eight years in a row.

Every year since she was in kindergarten, Werk has competed against other piano students her age and has won at the district level and competed at the State contest.

This year she won again at the district level, but when she competed at the state contest at the University of Minnesota, she was selected as a top alternate, and was called to perform at a special Honors Concert. The concert will be held at the Convention Center in Minneapolis on May 18 at 7 p.m. She will be performing in an ensemble concert with 20 pianos on the stage. Dr. John Froelich will be conducting.

Along with her accomplishments in the annual piano contest each year, Werk has completed two levels of the MMTA  music theory exam and passed with distinction.

This year another big musical accomplishment is her participation in a comprehensive piano exam. She has memorized four challenging pieces of music, one from each historical period of music. Also required for the exam is extensive keyboard skills including Major, natural minor, and harmonic minor scales, chords, and arpeggios in several keys. The third and fourth components of this exam are sight playing and oral technical questions regarding her pieces and their composers.